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Was Jesus nailed to the Cross by his hands or wrists?
To start with I want to ask you, do you really believe the Bible is the Word of God? If so then you will want to read my article, if you like believing what man would have you think (Romans 3:4) then your going to have to make a choice to believe in a lie or rather a counterfeit christ or accept the truth.
Since man likes a "logical explanation" of things, I happen to find one for this subject:
Those who say that Jesus was nailed through the wrists allege that a human body cannot be held to a cross by nailing its hands to it, because the flesh would give way, the hand would rip, and the person would fall. This is a lie.
The conjunctive tissue of the body of humans and animals is stronger than a rope. Tendons, transverse ligaments and aponeurosises are conjunctive tissues. The hand is full of them, as you can see in pictures # 1 and # 2.
All these pictures are taken from the book "An Atlas of Anatomy", by J. C. Boileau Grant, M.C.; M.B.; Ch. B.; F.R.C.S. Edin, Professor Emeritus of Anatomy in the University of Toronto, Fourth Edition. Pictures numbers 57, 84, 92 and 98.
Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. And he that saw [it] bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. The wrist has eight bones: scaphoid, lunate, triquetrum, pisiform, trapezium, trapezoid, capitate and hamate. These bones are kept tightly together by ligaments, in such a way, that if you drive a nail through the wrist you have to pierce and break some of them. Therefore, Jesus could not be nailed by the wrists, but by the palm of the hand. The five metacarpal bones which constiture the palm of the hand, are separate from each other, and thus a nail can be driven between two of them without breaking any. See picture # 3. This means that the hand can be pierced by a nail without breaking a bone, but if the wrist is pierced by a nail, it necessarily will break one or more bones. See picture # 4.
It is not possible that tendons of a person's hands, transverse ligaments and aponeurosises, pierced by a nail, give way to let the weight of the body rip the hand, because conjunctive tissue is very strong. This would only happen in a rotten body, not in a living man. This wouldn't happen even if the body of Christ was hung from only one hand, much less from both. It is not true that Christ was pierced from the wrists. Enough with the world to back it up, let's look into God's Word for the final say..... According to the Scripture, Jesus Christ is our Passover Lamb, who was going to be sacrificed. That is why he was killed the very same day that the Passover lamb was to be killed. Paul says so in I Co 5: 7
Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: In the ordinances of the Passover it is established that no bone must be broken in the lamb. It was a shadow of what was going to happen later with Jesus, to whom no bone was broken. The Passover ordinances say as follows:
Exodus 12:46 - In one house shall it be eaten; thou shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof.
Numbers 9:12 - They shall leave none of it unto the morning, nor break any bone of it: according to all the ordinances of the passover they shall keep it.
Psalm 34:20 - He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken. More Old Testament prophesy:
Psalms 22:16 - For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
Zechariah 13:6 - And [one] shall say unto him, What [are] these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, [Those] with which I was wounded [in] the house of my friends. As we can see, the rite of the Passover forbade breaking any bone of the lamb. That is why the Roman soldiers did not break Jesus' legs when they brought him down from the cross. God would not let them do so.
Above and beyond all these "anatomical" arguments are the biblical arguments. In the Bible it says several times that Jesus was pierced at his hands and his feet. It never ever mentions the wrists. Why then are people trying to instill in us, by means of pictures and conferences, that Jesus was nailed at his wrists? What are they up to?
Let us see what Jesus said when he showed himself to apostles.
John 20:20 - And when he had so said, he shewed unto them [his] hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.
John 20:25-29 - The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: [then] came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace [be] unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust [it] into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed [are] they that have not seen, and [yet] have believed.
In verse 25 notice he was saying that if he doesn't see the nail prints in his HANDS that he would not believe, then in verse 29 Jesus said "blessed [are] they that have not seen, and [yet] have believed" Luke 24:38-40 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them [his] hands and [his] feet. Romans 3:4 - God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.
When it comes down to it, I believe the Word of God over any garbage the world can puke up! John 25:29 ....blessed [are] they that have not seen, and [yet] have believed. It's your choice to believe or not, God's Word is my solid rock on which I stand!